Worship Archive – May 22nd 2022

[Did you miss last Sunday’s services? They can still be found at Worship Archive – May 15th 2022.]

Sunday Service from Connexion for May 22nd 2022:

Audio message for Connexion on May 22nd 2022, with Rev P Matembo.

Sunday Service from Hillside Circuit for May 22nd 2022:

Theme: Abundant life through Jesus Christ

Occasion: 6th Sunday of Easter

Lectionary readings:
Psalm 67
Acts 16: 9-15
Revelation 21: 10, 22 – 22: 5
John 5: 1-9

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Here are the songs for Sunday morning service. Click or tap on a song to open it in YouTube, or go to the Songs for worship webpage to find them embedded.

Come people of the Risen King.
Dear Lord and Father of mankind.
Agnus Dei.
O love that will not let me go.
And can it be.


You can listen and join in with prayers from the English Methodist Service Book. They can be found at the Prayers for worship webpage.

Children’s Address:

Audio Children’s Address for Hillside Circuit on May 22nd 2022, with Mrs Chiedza Chagudhuma.

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Audio message for Hillside Circuit on May 22nd 2022 in English, with Mrs Tracey Chigwada.

Bible readings:

Psalm 67

1 Our God, be kind and bless us! Be pleased and smile.
2 Then everyone on earth will learn to follow you,
and all nations will see your power to save us.

3 Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.
4 Let the nations celebrate with joyful songs,
because you judge fairly and guide all nations.
5 Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.

6 Our God has blessed the earth with a wonderful harvest!
7 Pray for his blessings to continue
and for everyone on earth to worship our God.

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Acts 16

9 During the night, Paul had a vision of someone from Macedonia who was standing there and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we began looking for a way to go to Macedonia. We were sure that God had called us to preach the good news there.

11 We sailed straight from Troas to Samothrace, and the next day we arrived in Neapolis. 12 From there we went to Philippi, which is a Roman colony in the first district of Macedonia.
We spent several days in Philippi. 13 Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came. 14 One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshipper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying. 15 Then after she and her family were baptised, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation.

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Revelation 21 & 22

10 Then with the help of the Spirit, he took me to the top of a very high mountain. There he showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down from God in heaven.

22 I did not see a temple there. The Lord God All-Powerful and the Lamb were its temple. 23 And the city did not need the sun or the moon. The glory of God was shining on it, and the Lamb was its light.
24 Nations will walk by the light of that city, and kings will bring their riches there. 25 Its gates are always open during the day, and night never comes. 26 The glorious treasures of nations will be brought into the city. 27 But nothing unworthy will be allowed to enter. No one who is dirty-minded or who tells lies will be there. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be in the city.

1 The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated. 2 Then it flowed down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations.
3 God’s curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God 4 and will see him face to face. God’s name will be written on the foreheads of the people. 5 Never again will night appear, and no one who lives there will ever need a lamp or the sun. The Lord God will be their light, and they will rule forever.

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John 5

1 Later, Jesus went to Jerusalem for another Jewish festival. 2 In the city near the sheep gate was a pool with five porches, and its name in Hebrew was Bethzatha.
3-4 Many sick, blind, lame, and crippled people were lying close to the pool.
5 Beside the pool was a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw the man and realized that he had been crippled for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”
7 The man answered, “Lord, I don’t have anyone to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up. I try to get in, but someone else always gets there first.”
8 Jesus told him, “Pick up your mat and walk!” 9 Right then the man was healed. He picked up his mat and started walking around. The day on which this happened was a Sabbath.

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Text version of the Children’s Address for Hillside Circuit on May 22nd 2022, with Mrs Chiedza Chagudhuma:

Theme: Abundant life through Jesus Christ.
Bible readings
Acts 16: 9-15
Revelation 21: 10, 22 – 22: 5
John 5: 1-9
Welcome Sunday scholars. May you read the other Bible readings with the help of your brothers and sisters or your parents.

Let me summarize for you what is in John 5:1-9
Jesus came from Galilee to Jerusalem for a Jewish religious festival. While there he visited a pool where many blind and crippled people hoped to find healing. Among them them was a man who was ill for 38 years. Jesus identified the man and asked him. “Do you want to be healed”. The man told Jesus that he was finding no one to help him into the pool before anyone else for healing. In response Jesus healed him instantly and the man took his mat and walked.

Boys and girls. There is abundant life through Jesus Christ. The man who was suffering at the pool for 38 years was instantly healed by Jesus Christ. He was depending on others for help and did not find any. It doesn’t matter that no one was helping the man . Even if everyone had abandoned the man Jesus Christ helped the man. Because of Jesus, the man started to live a normal life. We as children have once fallen ill and God through Jesus Christ healed us. It doesn’t matter how long we have been in our problems Jesus Christ is there to help us. He takes away our problems. He restores our lives to normal. He heals the sick. The man who was healed by Jesus Christ was a sinner just like all of us but by the grace of God he was healed. Even though we are not perfect by the grace of God through Jesus Christ we received abundant life.Let us not be like the friends and relatives of the man who was at the pool for they left the sick man even if they were much aware that he was depending on them for help to get into the pool before anyone for healing.

1 Let us help those who are in need of our help
2 Let us ask for help from God through prayer if we are faced with problems. Even if the people around us choose not to help us God is always there to help us.
3 Let us always remember that God is taking care of us every day and gives us abundant life through Jesus Christ.

Let us pray
Our Father in who art in Heaven. May you guide us and protect us from the evils of this world in the name of the Father the son and the Holy Spirit Amen

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